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Recent Posts by Elizabeth Merritt

Crowdsourcing a Database of Permanent Museum Closings

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Due to the independent nature of the nonprofit sector in the US, there no comprehensive way to track museum openings or closings (much less arrive at a definitive head count of museums at …

Mapping Uncertainty in 2021

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I have been wishing everyone HAPPY NEW YEAR (in all caps) because I am so relieved to see the backside of 2020. But “better than last year” is a very low bar indeed, and we face many very …

Ten Uplifting Museum Stories of 2020

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This year my scanning feeds were clogged with relentlessly depressing news. My heart was eased, however, by the way that museums rose to the challenges posed by 2020.  Here are a dozen …

A Pandemic Time Capsule and Tools for 2021

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This blog has become an incidental time capsule of 2020, a monthly record of how the museum sector responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. In March, when the first of the posts featured below …

Game Plan Call for Applications! Professional Development for Museum Educators

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In 2008, Dr. Jane McGonigal delivered the inaugural lecture for the new Center for the Future of Museums. McGonigal, who is both a professional futurist AND a ludologist, made the case that …

Tales from Campus: Oxy Arts

Category: Center for the Future Of Museums Blog
One of the risks posed by the pandemic is that the public health imperative for social distance might discourage activism and engagement just when it is needed most. In this guest post, …

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